What's Happening at C. H. Booth Library

Pamper Yourself!

Wednesday, November 28 at 4:00. (Runs between 60-90 minutes) Whip up and apply an indulgent chocolate face mask and make and take home lavender peppermint bath salts with Velya Jancz - Urban and Eheris Urban of the Grounded Goodwife. For grades 6-12. Space is limited, registration required.

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Improv with innerAct

Monday, November 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Have you ever had an interest in becoming a comedian? Much like the popular television show 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' students will learn how to think on their feet and nail their comedic timing. The teaching artist will help students find their improv creativity by developing non-scripted scenes by funny and interesting characters. For Grades 6-12. Registration required.

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Fantastic Beasts Celebration

Tuesday, November 13 from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Get excited for the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie with a party! We'll celebrate all things in the extended Harry Potter universe with crafts, games, and trivia. Grades 6-12. Registration encouraged.

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Decorate a Graham Cracker Gingerbread House

Thursday, December 6, 4:15-5:00 pm in the library meeting room. Add lots of festive candies and real royal icing to a pre-assembled graham cracker house. For ages 3-9. Registration required.  Parents must remain the room for the duration of the program, but they do not need to register. 

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3rd Tuesdays Business Education: How to Grow Your Business on Instagram

Why add Instagram to your marketing mix? Instagram stats tell us that people come to Instagram to be inspired and discover things they care about, and that includes content from brands and businesses. Presenter Mike Brooks will explain what to do. 6:00 networking, 6:30 program. Wine and cheese. Please register.

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Meet the Eagles

Saturday, December 8th at 1:30 in the Meeting Room. Meet and learn about eagles in Connecticut. Horizon Wings will present a Bald and a Golden eagle along with 2 other raptors. All ages. Register, please.

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Winter Needle Felting

Tuesday, December 11th from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Meeting Room. Join us for a cozy session of needle felting. It's a perfect time to make a festive ornament or gift, using a burred needle and colored wool. To sign up, please visit our calendar.

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New Program: Pre-K Story Time for ages 4-5

Newtown residents ages 4-5 are eligible to register for a story time designed just for them! The program will focus on early literacy and math skills, fine motor and social skills and creative responses to books and stories. Children must be at least 4 years old on or before the start of the series on November 8. Register online.

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African Art Migration: From the Tribes to Museum Walls

Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 in the Meeting Room.  ArtScapades will look at the influence of African art on Modern Artists in the West,  focusing on well known artists who incorporated tribal influences into their bodies of work. Artists will include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Amadeo Modigliani. ArtScapades will conclude this lecture with a look at contemporary African artists whose works can be found in major museums around the world. There will be ...

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Friends' Annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale

Take care of your holiday gift needs at the Friends of the Library's fabulous sale! Books and much more! Sale hours: 9:30 – 5:00 on Saturday, December 1st 11:00 – 5:00 on Sunday, December 2nd.

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Creating Musical Readers for ages 2-6

Members of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will read a beloved children's story and use their instruments to bring the story to life Thursday at 10 am:  October 11, October 25, November 1 and November 11 in the library meeting room.  Children will also have a chance to play the musical instruments after the story.  For ages 2-6 with an adult caregiver.  Register online.

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Road Scholar

Monday, November 5th at 2:00 in the Meeting Room. Road Scholar (formerly ElderHostel) is a non-profit organization all about enabling older adults to keep learning through educational travel opportunities all over the world. To hear more, please register.

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Main Street Replica

An October Arts and Humanities Activity for the Newtown Community Starting on September 25, 2018 Sponsored by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and the Cyrenius H. Booth Library Architecture brings together art and engineering, utility and design. The Cultural Arts Commission and C.H. Booth Library are offering an activity that combines architecture and local heritage, with a dab of technology mixed in, as part of National Arts and Humanities Month. Members of our community are encouraged to join ...

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PreK-PE for ages 3-5

Meets on Wednesday afternoons:  October 3-November 14 at 4:00 pm in the library meeting room.  Under the guidance of certified PE teacher MaryFaith Blank, children will play fun games and practice gross motor skills while learning how to interact with their peers in a group setting.  Register online for each class you plan to attend.  Register online for each class you plan to attend.

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Kids Cooking Classes for ages 7-10

Meets Saturday, October 20, November 17 and December 15  from  3:00-4:15  pm in the library meeting room.  Participants will bring home all of the dishes they make. A $5 ingredient fee is due on the day of the program.  Register online for each class you plan to attend. Class size is limited to 10 participants.

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Science Saturday: Gr. K-2

Meets Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm. in the library meeting room.  Gayna Swart, MS will lead informative, fun and interactive programs designed to expose children to the most fascinating aspects of science. Every month children will focus on a new topic:  9/15:  Weather Forecasting, 10/6: What's in Your Mud Pie?, 11/10:  Light and Shadows, 12/19:  cooking up Science.   Register online.

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Autism Awareness Film & Discussion Series

We'll be showing a series of (mostly) documentaries every other month on the first Thursday, with time afterward for discussion. December 6th, February 7th, April 4th, June 6th Please check the calendar as the date approaches to see the time and selection.

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Prabha Makayee will be meditating every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 in the Gathering Room (except on 9/30, when she will be in the downstairs Meeting Room). Anyone is welcome to ask her how or to join in. All are welcome.

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Newtown Turkey Trot 2018

Thursday, November 22, 7:45 AM at the Newtown Middle School. Don't miss it! This year marks the 9th annual Turkey Trot, benefiting the Cyrenius H. Booth Library! The 5K course includes scenic downtown Newtown, with almost a mile of historic Main Street. Click for details and to register...

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Read to Tucker

Independent readers of all ages can register for a 15 min time slot to read aloud to Tucker in the children's story hour room,  Thursday afternoons from 4:30- 5:30 pm.  Tucker is a 4 1/2 yr old standard poodle who lives with his poodle sisters and human parents in Newtown.  Now that he is a certified therapy dog, Tucker is ready for his new adventure as a reading buddy for children. Please indicate your time ...

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Computer Tutor

Mondays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Get one-on-one computer help on Mondays. Schedule an appointment in person at the Reference Desk, by phone at 203-426-8552, or by email at boothref@chboothlibrary.org

Visit the Little Book Store
Books, gifts and more from the Friends of the C. H. Booth Library.
On the second floor of the library, across from the new books.




BooksHealHeartslogo_web72dpiBooks Heal Hearts” – donations to the C.H. Booth Library for our community.

Local and regional support organizations and services.

New Stories for Newtown is now available.


The ninth annual Newtown Turkey Trot is coming!

Click here to learn more and to participate in this fun annual tradition!